Defense Continues to Display Ability to Sack the Quarterback
Junior Quarterback Brett Smith and Wide Receiver Unit Shine for Offense, Senior Defensive Back Marqueston Huff and Freshman Linebacker Lucas Wacha Standout for Defense
Competition at Positions Will Continue Throughout Spring Practice and on Into the Fall
Defense Starts Fast and Forces Three Turnovers, But Offense Wins the Day in First Major Spring Scrimmage
Offense Enjoys Big Day, Winning 73 to 23, Sophomore Punter Tim Gleeson Leaves Team
San Jose State vs. Wyoming; photos by Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports
UW This Season: Wacha came out of spring drills as the co-starter at the weakside linebacker spot when the final spring depth chart was released.
2013: Wacha had a great season as an 11-game starter at the linebacker spot for UW. He posted 88 tackles for the season, including two TFLs and one sack. He added one pass breakup, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. He racked up a career-high 13 tackles versus Colorado State. Against New Mexico, he finished with seven tackles, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup. He led the UW defense versus Idaho with 11 stops and a fumble recovery.
High School: Wacha came to Wyoming from Texarkana, Texas, where he earned First Team All-Northeast Texas and First Team All-District 15-3A honors as a linebacker. His senior season, he recorded 97 tackles, four sacks and intercepted one pass. As a junior, Wacha was selected the District 15-3A Defensive MVP. He also earned All-Northeast Texas as a junior, and was once again First Team All-District 15-3A. Wacha was credited with 108 tackles and 3.5 sacks his junior season. His Pleasant Grove team posted a 6-5 record in 2010 and advanced to the first round of the state playoffs. Wacha also started as a sophomore, recording 103 tackles and three sacks as Pleasant Grove enjoyed a 13-2 season that didn't end until the fourth round of the state playoffs. An outstanding first baseman in baseball, he was the Offensive MVP of District 15-3A his junior year, and was a Second Team All-State Class 3A selection. His sophomore season, Pleasant Grove won the 3A state championship in baseball, and Wacha was named to the All-Tournament team, as well as to the First Team All-District team.
Personal: Born May 20, 1993, he is the son of Karen and Tom Wacha. His older brother, Michael, is a professional pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals. He has another older brother, Charley, and a younger sister, Brette. He was also recruited by Arkansas and Baylor. He is pursuing a degree in kinesiology and health promotion at UW.